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In 1979, creator Marv Wolfman was looking for a female foil for Spider-Woman.
In Spider-Man/Black Cat: The Evil that Men Do, Black Cat herself reveals that as a freshman at Empire State University, she was raped by her boyfriend Ryan.The character was originally a supervillain and adversary of Spider-Man, but over time the two fell in love, which motivated her into becoming an antiheroine and his partner.However, their relationship grew complicated after it became apparent that Black Cat was only attracted to the alter ego of Spider-Man and had little interest in the hero's civilian life as Peter Parker.When Wolfman changed writing assignments within Marvel Comics to The Amazing Spider-Man, he brought his character with him.He and Cockrum made considerable changes to the character and her appearance over this time; the Black Cat intended to debut in Spider-Woman had only her name and powers in common with the one who finally appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man.She joins forces with Spider-Man against the Maggia.She is granted conditional amnesty, and again convinces Spider-Man that she has died.She first dons the Black Cat costume in order to break her father out of prison. Seeing the good in Felicia, Spider-Man makes every attempt to have her criminal record expunged.Felicia is placed in a mental institution but escapes.Created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist Dave Cockrum, she first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 (July 1979).Felicia Hardy is the daughter of Walter Hardy, a world-renowned cat burglar.